Colin Firth is abso-freakin'-lutely adorable. But you probably already knew that, based on last night's Oscar acceptance speech and/or his performance as the stuttering King George VI in not just this year's Best Picture The King's Speech, but also, say, Love Actually or Bridget Jones' Diary. For years, English women have been cooing over Colin, and now it seems like The King's Speech has really opened eyes across the pond to how stellar a star he is. Actually, I just realized something -- he's the British Tom Hanks!
Showcasing his dry sense of humor and sweet down-to-earth charm (he is a Virgo after all), Colin's acceptance speech was witty, gracious, and humble.
He even alluded to the fact that his excitement might translate into dancing:
I'm afraid I have to warn you that I'm experiencing stirrings somewhere in the upper abdominals, which are threatening to form themselves into dance moves. Joyous as they may be for me, it would be extremely problematic if they make it to my legs before I get offstage.
I also loved when he said producer Harvey Weinstein took him on when he was a "mere child sensation" and shouted out to his wife for "putting up with his fleeting delusions of royalty," noting that he "holds her responsible for this and really everything that's good" since he met her. Wow, is he actually Mark Darcy? I mean, swoon!
It seems like every so often an actor (or actress) comes along who you just can't help rooting for. Maybe it's because they seem like genuinely good people, or because they've entertained you so many times in so many roles, and this most recent one they're nominated for feels like the crowning touch. They made you laugh or cry or both at the same time. So when they're up for an award like Tom Hanks or Julia Roberts have been in the past or Colin Firth was last night, you genuinely WANT them to win it. Because it feels like they've truly earned it.
The other men nominated in the category -- Javier Bardem, Jesse Eisenberg, James Franco, and Jeff Bridges -- gave pretty amazing performances, as well. But it didn't feel like it was really quite any of their times to be given this big pat on the back from Hollywood. Of course, Colin's performance in The King's Speech was exceptional, but this award felt like more. Like an international "We love you!!!" thumbs-up. Instead of this Oscar being a sign that his career has peaked (as he joked), I think it means Hollywood wants even more from this real-life King Charming. I, for one, can't wait for more Colin.
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